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Wimbledon 2017: Sania Mirza loses in Round 3 of women’s doubles

Sania Mirza and Kirsten Flipkens lost to Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan in the third round of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon 2017.

tennis Updated: Jul 11, 2017 09:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Wimbledon,Sania Mirza,Martina Hingis
Sania Mirza lost her women’s doubles third round match to former partner Martina Hingis at Wimbledon 2017.(AP)

Indian tennis players struggled at Wimbledon 2017 on Monday as Sania Mirza, partnering Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, lost to her former partner Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan 2-6,4-6 in the third round of women’s doubles.

The Indo-Belgian 13th seeds never settled down in the match as they were outclassed by third seeded Swiss-Chinese Taipei pair Hingis and Chan in a match that lasted just over an hour.

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After holding serve in the first two games, Mirza and Flipkens failed to hold serve and were thrashed 2-6. Hingis and Chan regularly nailed aces on their first serves while Mirza and Flipkens had a low first-serve percentage.

The story was similar in the second set as the 3rd seeds maintained the pressure and won the set 6-4 to enter the quarterfinals.

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Mirza had won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title in 2015 with Hingis. This was one of three Grand Slams and 14 titles the pair had won together before splitting last year. Sania had last won a doubles title in 2016 but has struggled since.

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Later in the day, Indo-Japanese pair of Purav Raja and Eri Hozumi lost to Canadian-Slovenian 11th seeds Daniel Nestor and Andreja Klepac 2-6, 5-7 in the second round of mixed doubles.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 23:15 IST